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Toronto Silent Film Festival 2013: ‘The General’ Showcases Buster Keaton’s Inimitable Feats of Glaring-Do

The Railrodder

Directed & Written by Gerald Potterton

Canada, 1965

The General

Directed by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton

Written by Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton

USA, 1926

Tsff festivities came to a comedic crescendo at the Revue Cinema on Tuesday night with a pair of locomotive laugh-getters starring “The Great Stone Face”, Buster Keaton. First on the program was a throwback silent short made by the National Film Board of Canada in 1965, just a year before the comedian’s death. The film was introduced by International Buster Keaton Society “Porkpie” Scholarship recipient R. Edwin Barnett, whose current research project aims to reintegrate The Railrodder into the main body of Keaton criticism (most books/essays on the actor/auteur simply name-check the movie as one of his “industrial” films during the rush to ring down the curtain on Keaton’s career). After seeing the film, Barnett’s point seems manifest. The Railrodder may not be a great film,
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Davy Crockett Star Fess Parker Dies

Actor Fess Parker starred as the iconic frontier heroes Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the 1950s and 1960s. Parker was also featured in the 1954 sci-fi film classic Them! as pilot Alan Crotty, whose encounter with giant flying ants placed him in a psychiatric ward. His performance in Them! was instrumental in his being cast as Davy Crockett for Walt Disney’s Disneyland television series in the mid-1950s.

Parker was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 26, 1924, and was raised on a small farm near San Angelo. He served in the Marine Corps towards the end of World War II, but his height (6′,6) disqualified him as a pilot. He attended the University of Texas after his discharge, and graduated with a degree in history in 1950. He subsequently studied drama at the University of Southern California, and made his stage debut in a production of Mister Roberts in 1951. He soon signed with Warner Bros.
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Fess Parker obituary

Rugged Texan actor best known for his roles as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone

The actor Fess Parker, who has died aged 85, was a quintessential westerner, a tall, rugged, Texas-born athlete turned actor, famous for his portrayals of two frontiersmen, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, as well as sheriffs, cowboys and ranchers. He greatly appreciated the commercial rewards of these two title roles, and went on to become a successful businessman.

The Walt Disney studio was the first in Hollywood to move wholeheartedly into television, and had the bright idea of combining three episodes of the Davy Crockett series Parker had made for them in 1954 into a feature. The result, Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955), spawned the craze for coonskin hats and became a box-office hit on the back of its singalong theme. Bill Hayes's recording of The Ballad of Davy Crockett topped the charts for three months,
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Fess Parker obituary

Fess Parker obituary
The actor Fess Parker, who has died aged 85, was a quintessential westerner, a tall, rugged, Texas-born athlete turned actor, famous for his portrayals of two frontiersmen, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, as well as sheriffs, cowboys and ranchers. He greatly appreciated the commercial success of these two title roles, and himself became a substantial businessman.

The Walt Disney Studio was the first in Hollywood to move wholeheartedly into television, and had the bright idea of combining three episodes of the Davy Crockett series Parker had made for them in 1954 into a feature. The result, Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (1955), spawned the craze for "racoon-fur" hats and became a box-office hit on the back of its singalong theme - Bill Hayes's recording of The Ballad of Davy Crockett topped the charts for three months,
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'Davy Crockett' star Parker dies, aged 85

'Davy Crockett' star Parker dies, aged 85
Fess Parker has died of natural causes at the age of 85. The actor donned a racoon-skinned cap as both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in their respective TV series of the 1950s and '60s. A long-time contract player for Disney, Parker starred as an adventurer in movies such as The Great Locomotive Chase, Old Yeller and Westward Ho, The Wagons!. Following (more)
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'Davy Crockett' star Fess Parker dies

'Davy Crockett' star Fess Parker dies
Fess Parker, who starred as the racoon-skinned Davy Crockett in "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier," becoming a lifelong star to young Baby Boomers, has died of natural causes, according to reports. He was 85.

Parker also delighted young viewers with his performances in "Old Yeller" and "Daniel Boone." In more recent years, he attained a second stardom as a winery owner of the sprawling Doubletree resort along beachfront Santa Barbara, Calif., and the Wine Country Inn & Spa in Los Olivos, Calif.

He was hugely popular among kids in the late 1950s, starring in such Disney films as "The Great Locomotive Chase," "Westward Ho the Wagons!" and "The Light in the Forest." He was named a Disney legend in 1991.

His appeal peaked with the nationwide Davy Crockett craze as little tykes bought the coon-skinned caps and belted out the popular refrains of "Davy Crockett." He went on to star in
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